you doing New
handbook for hosts. New York: Grosset & Dunlap,
© 1953. 8vo. Frontis., 288 pp.; illus.
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No girly “doily tearoom fare” here: This is food “of,
for and by MEN” (p. 11) — dishes specifically designed to impress
a bachelor's guests. The recipes, descriptions of techniques and equipment,
and party planning suggestions are interspersed with cartoons from the magazine
and amusing little vignettes done by L.J. Allen; after the main food sections
come briefs on making coffee and “cures for booze in the night”
(a.k.a. midnight snacks), as well as extensive sections on grilling and
barbecueing, preparing alcoholic drinks, conversational etiquette, and party
games. This is an early edition, following the first of 1949.
For more POST-1820 AMERICANA,
is notable that despite its light theme and touch, this book offers serious
instruction to men wanting seriously to achieve real competence in its era's
arts of entertaining. Those seeking a gamesmanship guide suggesting
ways merely to appear competent, or those cheerfully assuming that it is charming
for men to be incompetent in this realm, had best look for support
Brown, Culinary Americana, 3337 (for first ed.).
Publisher's black cloth, front cover with eggplant- and gilt-stamped vignette
of a mustachioed man hoisting a drink tray, spine with eggplant-stamped stripes
and gilt-stamped title; dust jacket lacking, minor shelfwear to extremities
and lower edges. A clean, solid copy. (30269)
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